27 May Cincinnati Ranks 8th in the Nation for Parks
On behalf of the Board of Park Commissioners, I am pleased to inform you Cincinnati Parks came in 8th in a ranking of the nation’s largest 100 cities released today. This annual ranking of park access and quality is compiled by the Trust for Public Land whose mission is to “create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.”
The comprehensive evaluation compared park lands in cities on a number of factors including acreage, equity, amenities such as playgrounds and splash pads and most importantly, access, where Cincinnati excelled in comparison. In fact, the review found that 87% of Cincinnati’s population resides within a 10-minute walk of a park. The evaluation included all public greenspace in Cincinnati including land managed by the Cincinnati Park Board as well as Cincinnati Recreation Commission, Metropolitan Sewer District, and Cincinnati Public Schools.
Parks have a long and distinguished tradition in Cincinnati. The city is fortunate to have a robust and thriving system of parks dating back to the 1860’s with the development of Washington, Hopkins, Eden, and Piatt Parks. In 1907, landscape architect George Kessler created Cincinnati’s first park master plan to promote green oases within the environment created by the Industrial Revolution. As a result, many have described Cincinnati as a city within a park.
Today, Cincinnati’s Top-10 park system consists of 5,000-plus acres of city parklands including five regional parks, 70 neighborhood parks, 34 natural areas, five neighborhood nature centers, 30 sites managed by the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, five parkways, 16 scenic overlooks, 2 arboretums, and 65 miles of hiking and bridle trails.
Everyone in Cincinnati knows how special our parks are to the city, and it is great to have this validated by a significant national organization who specializes in this work.
We remain thankful and humbled to serve as stewards of this the wonderful system of parks. On behalf of all of our amazing staff, our work to maintain and improve this incredible asset is only possible thanks to the consistently strong support we receive from the Mayor, City Council, City Manager, Board of Park Commissioners, Cincinnati Parks Foundation, partner organizations, park users, and volunteers. We look forward to continuing our efforts to maintain and transform the Cincinnati Parks on behalf of those we serve.